The park's museum collection represents both the cultural and natural resources of Liberty and Ellis Islands. All the items in the museum collection are documented in the computerized database of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior Collection Management System (ICMS). The guidelines that are used to determine the decision to accept an item to the museum collection are outlined in the park's Scope of Collections Statement and generally follow the categories below:
Did You Know?
Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.